Large Whale Entanglement Response Q&A in Petersburg

Ed Lyman, Large Whale Entanglement Response Coordinator at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, will be in Petersburg this week to train and answer questions on disentangling humpback whales.

The Petersburg Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) is hosting a Q&A session with Ed this Friday, June 30th at 7 p.m. in the Borough Assembly Chambers.

PMMC recognizes that this is the busy summer fishing season, however it is a challenge to get Ed from Hawaii to Alaska. Hopefully in the future his schedule will allow for better timing

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Drive Down Dock closures

This year the harbor department will allow the tour ship American Spirit to moor at the face of the Drive Down Dock on ten different occasions through the summer months. The dates of the landings are : Arrival Departure Saturday, June 17, 1:30 pm Monday, June 19, Midnight Thursday, June 29, 8:00 am Friday, June 30, 2:00 am Thursday, July 6, 8:00 am Friday, July 7, 2:00 am Thursday, July 13, 8:00 am Friday, July 14, 2:00 am Thursday, July 20, 8:00 am Friday, July 21, 2:00 am Wednesday, July 26, 11:00 pm Friday, July 28, 2:00 am Thursday, August 3, 8:00 am Friday, August 4, 2:00 am Thursday, August 10, 8:00 am Friday, August 11, 2:00 am Thursday, August 17, 8:00 am Friday, August 18, 2:00 am Wednesday, August 23, 11:00 pm Friday, August 25, 4:00 am They require the face of the Read more...
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Platypus Marine Captains and Crew BBQ

Platypus Marine will be holding their Captains and Crews Barbecue catered by Liv and Heidi’s Kjokken and Kito’s Kave this Thursday, June 29th at 5pm in the SONS of Norway Hall. View the flier here.

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SSRAA Bid for Canoe Pass Test Fishery

SSRAA and ADF&G are participating in a cooperative test fishery at Canoe Pass, located on southern Etolin Island, to establish a baseline survey. This survey is designed to evaluate the presence of non-targeted/bycatch salmon species in Canoe Pass that may occur during the normal run timing of the summer chum salmon stock during terminal fisheries. In this cooperative agreement, SSRAA will contract purse seine vessel(s) to conduct baseline fishing using traditional seine gear. The seine activities will be conducted as a one day charter each week over a 5-week period. The contract vessel(s) will be responsible for their own crew and supplies including food, fuel, and net. (full length net and minimum 3 ½ strips in depth) The sampling period is during statistical weeks 28 through 32, Read more...
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Scow Bay Vessel Haul Out Meeting

On Friday, June 9, at 4pm please join the Petersburg Economic Development Council, Harbor Advisory Board, and PND Engineers for a presentation on the preferred alternative for the Scow Bay Haul Out and Work Yard at the Borough Assembly Chambers.

Dick Somerville from PND Engineers will attend and present findings and recommendations.

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NOAA Marine Mammal video conference in Petersburg

NOAA is holding a Marine Mammal video conference on Wednesday, June 7th at 7pm in the Borough Assembly Chambers. Below are some of the main discussion topics, please let me know if you have additional questions you’d like addressed during the conference. -What is the difference between ESA listed species and species listed on the MMPA? -For those species where they are listed on both – how should that alter a fisherman’s behavior or does it not make a difference in what is allowable? -What are the current levels of populations in SE AK? -What is the status of ESA listings for humpbacks, Sellers and sperm whales? -What marine mammal interaction 'category' are gillnet and seine fisheries in? Halibut and sablefish longline? -What happens with the data NOAA collects for the marine Read more...
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Important Dates

Here are some important dates coming up: On Monday, May 15th from 4pm-5pm Markos Scheer will be holding a Question and Answers session on Mariculture for Fishermen and Processors at the Assembly Chambers. The meeting will cover opportunities in seaweed mariculture and ways to market the product. AMSEA is conducting a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor course in Wrangell May 15th and 16th at the Wrangell Fire Department. Register at www.amsea.org or by calling (907)747-3287. Dockside examiners will be in Petersburg Tuesday, May 16th through Friday, May 19th. You can sign-up for exams at the Harbor Masters office. The Board of Fish will be holding a special meeting from May 17-18th to review the Bering Sea Tanner Crab Harvest Strategy. At the beginning of this meeting, they will also Read more...
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